Thursday, 22 August 2013

Wedding Photographer Oulton Hall | Samantha and Robert

As Oulton Hall weddings photographers, this was our first of two visits to this beautiful venue in two consecutive days and it's a fabulous place to photograph weddings.  Sam and Rob's photographs were really important to them and we were looking forward to getting them some really special images.  

First stop of the day was with the girls as they got ready at Sam's parents' house with Sam's dad keeping out of the way as much as possible!  Sam took on board what we'd suggested about timings and about when it would be good to have hair and make-up done.  She was in her dress well before we had to leave for church and consequently, this meant more photographs and more special memories of this part of the day.

When we met Rob at the church, he suggested the boys have a "quick one" in the pub over the road before the formalities started.  We knew that Rob was keeping his weather eye open, glancing up at the grey clouds every now and then and we knew he was thinking exactly the same as us - please don't rain!!!!  Sam's car pulled up a few minutes early, allowing us to document her arrival with one very proud dad and get some traditional photos at the church door before the start of the service.  

It was great to be wedding photographers at St John the Baptist Church, Oulton again.  It's been a while since we last photographed a wedding there and we were really excited about returning, especially as this stunning church has lots of natural light and is brilliant to photograph in.  What made it even more special and really personal was the fact that Sam's uncle David had the privilege of conducting the marriage ceremony.

Sam and Rob had factored in plenty of time to enjoy their wedding day, including having a few minutes outside the church for congratulations and mingling with their guests, before a send off at the gate under a shower of confetti and the very short trip next door to Oulton Hall for the reception.  What none of us had planned for was that the Emmerdale film crew had pretty much taken over the venue for two days and we did spot a couple of famous faces.  However, filming meant that some of the most popular locations for Oulton Hall wedding photographs were out of bounds to us until the early evening but as we stay all day, this wasn't too much of an issue.

The couple were fantastic to work with and Rob was a brilliant organiser.  Even on his own wedding day he left nothing to chance and along with his best man Will, he helped to gather people together for groups, both of them saving us valuable time, which made a huge difference to the smooth running of the group photo session.

We were really happy that the couple showed such enthusiasm for their photographs, working with us and trying out anything we suggested.  We did have a sneaky suspicion though that Rob was more interested in watching his new wife being photographed and after a few images on the staircase and gallery, we popped into the bridal suite for a few more portraits of Sam to show off a beautiful bride in a beautiful dress, before we returned to the evening party in the Oulton Suite, which had some pretty fabulous lighting and added so much atmosphere to the new Mr and Mrs Herd's first dance photos.

Thank you for allowing us to provide your wedding photography at Oulton Hall and we were as delighted as you were that the rain stayed away!

If you were a guest at the wedding, please leave a comment.  If you like our images and are looking for an Oulton Hall wedding photographer, please get in touch.  You can follow us on Facebook here or please visit our West Yorkshire wedding photographer website.

All images are the copyright of Alex & Janet Durasow, A D Photography.

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